Once Upon A Time: Standard Textile Fabrics Stun On the Runway

Runway Article 1This April, Ingrid Bender (Product and Design Consultant, Interiors Group) was involved in her fifth Product Runway competition, a special event hosted by the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Texas Oklahoma Chapter.

Product Runway is an avant-garde couture fashion design competition with a twist. Influenced by the concept of the hit reality TV show Project Runway, it’s one of only a handful of fashion shows of its kind in the country.

Runway Article 2“Interior designers and architecture professionals are paired with vendors (soft goods and hard goods), like us, to create a garment,” said Ingrid.

Teams create handmade fashions out of standard architectural finish materials such as fabrics, glass, tile, carpet and wood. All of the eye-popping creations are showcased during a performance on nearly 150 feet of runway at Revention Music Center in Houston.

“The theme this year was ‘Cover to Cover: A Story About Fashion and Fiction,’ where each team was assigned a classic work of literature to use as inspiration for their garment,” shared Ingrid. “We were paired with the internationally renowned design firm PGAL, and the book we were given was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Standard Textile fabrics featured included: Static Sapphire, Woodwork Big Sur, Gilbert Peacoat, Bezel Paperwhite, and Zircon Carnelian.

Congratulations to the team for winning the BEST RED CARPET LOOK award from the panel of judges!

Runway Article 3In addition to being a great opportunity to make new industry connections and friendships, the event benefitted the Houston Furniture Bank, a nonprofit that provides furniture for families in need. While the final total hasn’t been determined yet, Ingrid shared that Product Runway 2017 raised approximately $100,000 for the Houston Furniture Bank.

Photo Credits: Andy Photography

Dreaming In Color at HD Expo

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This month, our team exhibited at HD Expo, one of the industry’s largest hospitality design tradeshows. Targeting interior designers, architects, hotel owners/operators, developers, specifiers and purchasers, HD Expo showcases the best new products and design trends.

Our booth’s theme, “Dream In Color,” featured new innovations in drapery, terry, and more. The Meg Fiora Designer Drapery Collection includes intriguing patterns and bold colorways, and was inspired by the sophisticated pop of color on a designer necktie or pocket square. New pool towels in an array of colors encourage hotel guests to dive into poolside luxury.